Judge Arterton was nominated by President Bill Clinton, confirmed by the United States Senate, and entered on duty May 15, 1995 as United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.
She previously practiced law in the New Haven, Connecticut law firm formerly known as Garrison & Arterton, P.C. from 1978 to 1995 when she took the bench. Her legal practice focused on labor and employment law in federal and state courts. She chaired the Connecticut Bar Association's Federal Practice Section, and served as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, as an officer in the New Haven Inn of Court, and served by appointment on the Federal Court Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee, the United States Magistrate Judge Selection Committee, the United States District Court Local Rules Advisory Committee, and the State Court Rules Advisory Committee.
While in private practice, she also served as a Connecticut Superior Court Attorney Trial Referee and a Special Master in Federal District Court. She was elected to fellowship in the American Bar Foundation and Connecticut Bar Foundation, and was selected by peer review for inclusion The Best Lawyers in America.
Judge Arterton has been a continuing education lecturer, and has authored or contributed to books, articles and periodicals, including “Unconscious Bias and the Impartial Jury,” 40 Conn. L. Rev. 1023 (2008); “Alternative Dispute Resolution in the District of Connecticut,” in Mazadoorian, H. Mediation Practice Book: Critical Tools, Techniques and Forms, Law First Publ. 2002; Phelan and Arterton, Disability Discrimination the Workplace, (Clark Boardman Callaghan 1992), “Jury Trials Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” in Spriggs, K., Representing Plaintiffs in Title VII Actions, John Wiley & Sons, 1994; and “Employment Discrimination Claims In State Court: A Laboratory For Experimentation,” New York Law Review, 1984/85. She also taught trial practice at Yale Law School.
In 1996, she received the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund’s Maria Miller Stewart Recognition Award, and in 2000 she received Community Mediation Inc.’s Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation. In 2005 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Northeastern University.
Judge Arterton served on the United States Judicial Conference Committee on International Judicial Relations from 2002 to 2008. She regularly participates in international programs on judicial training, court administration, case management, rule of law, and human trafficking, as well as federal trial practice and procedures, court-annexed mediation, and various substantive areas of law. She also served on the Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellows Advisory Research Committee, the District Court Advisory Committee on ADR, and currently serves on the Federal Judges Association Board of Directors. She has sat by designation with the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services, the Federal Circuit and the Second Circuit.
She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (Political Science) and Northeastern University School of Law, where she served as a member of the Visiting Committee.